Now stepping into a more prominent role within the select committee, the Wyoming congresswoman will be even more at odds with her party as the panel begins to chart its investigation and directly target Republicans who could have been affiliated with the deadly attack or key to piecing together what then-President Donald Trump knew before and during it.
The behind-the-scenes moves the committee has made in recent days has already gotten a rise out of many Republicans.
Although McCarthy’s name was not included in the preservation of records request list, he notably spoke to the former President during the height of the riot, and the contents of that call have continued to be of great interest. Thompson has repeatedly not ruled out calling McCarthy to testify in front of the committee if that is where the investigation leads.
“We will not be deterred by threats or attempted obstruction and we will not rest until our task is complete,” Cheney said in a statement accompanying her announcement, making an indirect nod to political fights to come.
“Every member of this committee is dedicated to conducting a non-partisan, professional, and thorough investigation of all the relevant facts regarding January 6th and the threat to our Constitution we faced that day. I have accepted the position of Vice-Chair of the committee to assure that we achieve that goal,” Cheney added.
“Representative Cheney has demonstrated again and again her commitment to getting answers about January 6th, ensuring accountability, and doing whatever it takes to protect democracy for the American people. Her leadership and insights have shaped the early work of the Select Committee and this appointment underscores the bipartisan nature of this effort,” Thompson said of Cheney in a statement.
“We are fortunate to have a partner of such strength and courage, and I look forward to continuing our work together as we uncover the facts, tell the American people the full story of January 6th, and ensure that nothing like that day ever happens again,” the chairman added.